The WIC program is for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or whose pregnancy recently ended. It also includes infants under 12 months old and children under five. It is run by health professionals and is provided through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
In your appointments, we will give you suggestions about healthy eating for you and your children. At other times, you may join with other WIC participants for a nutrition or health class.
To be eligible for WIC, you must meet the, and have a need for improved nutrition.
During some visits, the WIC staff will check to see if you or your child is still eligible. This is called a certification. You will need to bring:
Proof of identification
Proof of your income
Proof of your address
As long as you meet the income and nutrition guidelines, you can stay on WIC during pregnancy or breastfeeding until one year after your baby is born. If you decide not to breast-feed, then you may stay on WIC until six months after your baby is born or your pregnancy is ended. Infants and children may stay on WIC until their nutrition problem has improved or until they reach their fifth birthday, whichever comes first.
WIC provides you with checks to buy foods to keep you healthy, nutrition counseling and education, and support and help with breastfeeding. We can also provide referrals to other health programs for you and your family.
Using the Program
Keep your WIC appointments. If you can’t keep an appointment, please call us right away. The WIC staff works hard to see you at your appointment time, so please try your best to be on time. Please be sure to bring the information that our staff needs when they ask for it. Also inform them about any changes in your name, address, or phone number. If you are going to move, please notify us!
Always take your WIC ID Folder to your appointments and to the store. Take your WIC Approved Food List with you to the store to help you shop. Buy the right foods and the right amounts with your checks. These foods must be used for you and your family. They can’t be returned to the store for money or given away or sold to someone else.
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FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.